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Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing will be the Official Hotel of the China Open

China Open has announced that the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing has been appointed as the Official Hotel of the Tournament on a long-term basis…

China Open has announced that the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing has been appointed as the Official Hotel of the Tournament on a long-term basis. China`s Grand Slam scale event will be held in the Capital from September 10-26 under sanction from ATP and WTA.

Tournament officials also confirmed that the 300 plus international players participating in the China Open would be accommodated at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing during their entire stay in the Capital. Event organisers have already confirmed the attendance of top-star players from over 20 countries including the newly crowned Princess of Wimbledon Maria Sharapova, 14-time Grand Slam title winner Serena Williams, Grand Slam title holders Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and China`s own Zheng Jie.

We are very pleased to designate the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing as the Official Hotel of the China Open. It is a fact that we will have a very large number of significant celebrities attending the China Open. This will be a truly star-studded event and it is very important that the players feel comfortable and have a great time in Beijing. Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is selected for its fine reputation for the highest quality service and the wonderful new facilities since its recent multi-million refurbishment program. The China Open is partnering with the Shangri-La

Hotel, Beijing in ensuring that the players from the ATP and WTA enjoy Beijing at its very best
, said Mr. Lincoln Venancio, Tournament Director of China Open of the China Open Organizing Committee.

Among all of the top players participating in the China Open, 17-year old Maria Sharapova is singled out as being expected to attract the most attention from the public and to require a great level of servicing and care.

Without question, we must take great care of Maria. She has just turned 17 a few months ago, is truly beautiful, plays very powerful tennis and somehow managed to overcome the pressure and lack of experience to defeat Serena, one of the greatest players of all time, right on the Wimbledon Center Court on her first-ever Grand Slam final. Her achievement is truly remarkable and it is no wonder that she presently is the world`s hottest sports celebrity, added Mr. Lincoln Venancio.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, celebrated for its brand of Asian Hospitality, famous for its gracious service and selected by Conde Nast Traveller as the Best Hotel in China for three consecutive years, has just completed a USD22 million upgrade program.

We are delighted that Shangri-La, Beijing is selected as the Official Hotel of the China Open. We fully understand the China Open`s ambition to become one of the world`s top five tennis tournaments and Asia`s premier sports event. We will deliver our trademark Shangri-La service and hospitality to the China Open players and guests, said Mr. George Wee, General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing.

I am very happy to hear that we will be staying at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing during our stay for the China Open. I have heard a lot about how this largest Asian-based deluxe hotel group is regarded as one of the world`s finest. I also understand that in the past, this Hotel has taken care of great dignitaries like Britain`s John Major, Russia`s Boris Yeltsin and the USA`s Madeleine Albright. I am sure they will also take great care of us, said ATP world # 4 Carlos Moya of Spain who is also confirmed to play at the China Open.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is also developing attractive packages for fans visiting Beijing for the Event.

We will also take great care of the fans traveling to Beijing to attend the Open. We have developed special packages that feature the best seats at the tennis, convenient transportation service and an opportunity for the fans to stay and dine in the same hotel as the star players, added Mr. Wee.

The China Open will be held in the 2008 Olympic City at the newly built state-of-art Beijing Tennis Center featuring a 10,000-seat Center Court and an additional 15 match courts. The Tournament includes competitions for ATP and WTA players, ITF junior players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The Open aims to become the world`s fifth Major and will be televised nationwide by CCTV for over 150 hours. Ticket sales were launched in late July under very strong demand from fans. Over 600,000 fans are expected to attend this major festival of tennis which also counts with the participation of the ATP`s former French Open champions Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and finalist Guillermo Coria, former US Open champion Marat Safin, top 10 stars David Nalbandian and Rainer Schuettler and Asian number one Paradorn Srichaphan and Dominik Hrbaty, Taylor Dent, Younes El Aynaoui, Hicham Arazi, Sjeng Schalken and many others. The women’s field includes China`s new tennis star Zheng Jie, newly crowned Queen of Wimbledon and Princess of tennis Maria Sharapova, WTA top 10 Kuznetsova, Zvonareva and fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and famous Serbia player Jelena Dokic.

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